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9 NKY Nonprofits Share $300,000 in Grant Funds from Greater Cincinnati Foundation

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation recently awarded $300,000 in grants to 9 nonprofits in Northern Kentucky to support the provision of food, shelter, and behavioral health services for some the region’s most vulnerable residents, as part of GCF’s annual Providing a Safety Net funding round. All grants awarded were made in partnership with GCF donors.
“We care about this community and want to help people in need,” said Andrea Siefring-Robbins, a GCF donor who, along with her husband, Scott Robbins, co-invested in this funding round. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner in GCF’s grantmaking and help increase these grants. We believe in the power of collective giving.” 
The priorities for this responsive funding cycle were to ensure access to food and shelter and to increase access to well-integrated or trauma-informed behavioral health services. Each nonprofit received up to $35,000 in support. 
The Northern Kentucky of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation also contributed to the funding pool for these grants. Since the Northern Kentucky Fund was established in 1998, GCF and its donors have granted $40 million in Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties.
These grants will support: 
  • Be Concerned’s warehouse manager position 
  • Brighton Center’s families
  • Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky’s expansion of outpatient addiction treatment programming for youth
  • DCCH’s residential treatment and trauma-informed behavioral therapy for victims of child abuse
  • Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky’s outreach case worker position 
  • Faith Community Pharmacy’s efforts to ensure that adults under age 60 have access to prescribed mental health medications ahead of the likely shifts in Kentucky’s Medicaid coverage
  • Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission’s senior centers 
  • Transitions, Inc. and its integration of primary care into substance use disorder treatment 
  • Welcome House of Northern Kentucky’s shelter for homeless women and children 
“We live in a region with sizable disparities where many of our neighbors struggle to make ends meet,” said Molly Robertshaw, GCF program officer. “When basic needs go unmet by many, our region is unable to truly thrive. These awards represent a continued commitment on the part of GCF to our region’s social safety net.”
“It is our privilege to connect the generosity of donors with the pressing needs of our region,” said Ellen M. Katz, president/CEO. “GCF is proud to support our nonprofit partners, who are working hard to fill gaps in services, and we are excited to help our community invest in a more equitable region.”
-Staff report